Re: Superstars needed?
posted at 5/12/2013 2:07 PM EDT
Sometimes it good just to look at the statistics.
2011-12 Miami Heat Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 Lebron James
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat 4-2 Dirk Nowitzki
2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-3 Kobe Bryant
2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers Orlando Magic 4-1 Kobe Bryant
2007-08 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 Paul Pierce
2006-07 San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 Tony Parker
2005-06 Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Dwyane Wade
2004-05 San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons 4-3 Tim Duncan
2003-04 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Chauncey Billups
2002-03 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets 4-2 Tim Duncan
2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets 4-0 Shaquille O'Neal
2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 Shaquille O'Neal
1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers 4-2 Shaquille O'Neal
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks 4-1 Tim Duncan
1997-98 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Michael Jordan
1996-97 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Michael Jordan
1995-96 Chicago Bulls Seattle SuperSonics 4-2 Michael Jordan
1994-95 Houston Rockets Orlando Magic 4-0 Hakeem Olajuwon
1993-94 Houston Rockets New York Knicks 4-3 Hakeem Olajuwon
1992-93 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns 4-2 Michael Jordan
1991-92 Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 Michael Jordan
1990-91 Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Michael Jordan
If you look at the time span down to the first Bulls title, only one a team won without a legit first or second tier superstar. The Pistons with Billups and co. IMO: When Malone didn't go down this would be a Lakers title as well. And only twice the biggest star of the team wasn't the finals MVP (Boston with Pierce and San Antonio with Parker), maybe Miami with Wade and O'Neal as well.
So history tells: You need a superstar to win a title, and most likely he will win Finals MVP as well. The good thing is: This statistic doesn't tell why it is like this and it also shows, 1 star is typically not enough (exception: first title of houston and maybe Dirks title with the mavs).